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KCSMMHZ
Feb 18, 2013 6:00am PST
monitoring pollution coming from china. about 150 representatives of local governments and the environment industry in tokyo met to set up a task force, planning to share information on the problem and discuss preventive measures. ministry officials said they need more observation points to detect minute pollutants called pm 2.5. they are found in exhaust and factory smoke. the ministry is drawing up guidelines on protecting people's health if the density of pm 2.5 rises. >> translator: it's close to china. people there are increasingly concerned about the issue. we want the central government to discuss the matter and clearly show us the results as soon as possible. >> authorities in tokyo and osaka have started to provide pollution data online. >>> naval officers from mainly asian pacific countries have gathered in japan to discuss security it is aimed at promoting mutual understanding in the region. on monday 15 officers took part in an opening ceremony at japan's maritime staff college in tokyo. they represent 15 countries, including japan, the u.s., south korea, china, and australia.
KCSMMHZ
Feb 19, 2013 6:00am PST
countries have been increasing. >> reporter: official from the japanese environment ministry are working on early warning system. they collect data from around the country every warning and issue warnings if necessary. >> translator: the public's concern is growing. the ministry will deal with the issue properly. >> reporter: ministry officials plan to introduce guidelines by the end of the month to try to prevent any related health problems. they say they want to be prepared for whatever comes. >>> japan posted a record trade deficit with china, due to strained bilateral relations and a slowing economy. it is just about double the amount of 2011 the shortfall topped the previous record set in 2005. exports to china amounted to $145 billion, down more than 10% from the previous year. the first drop in three years, falling exports of cars and machinery were the main factors. imports rose roughly $190 billion, attributed to smartphones and meat. >>> fewer visitors came to japan in january. the number dropped for the first time in 11 months. >>> people in japan's northern most island say they
KCSMMHZ
Feb 14, 2013 2:30pm PST
media has uncovered what they called troublesome bills of sale. the british environment secretary said the problem was not simply one of public health. >> i think what we got involved in this horse issue is criminal activity which appears to cross borders. that is an entirely separate matter. >> the european commission has announced plans to institute brandon dna testing of beef products starting in march. in addition, authorities are testing the product across the continent for the equine painkiller, though they say eating horse meat containing it should be little threat to human health. our correspondent, joining us from our parliamentary to you. we have politicians across is that going to be enough to clear this up? th>> these tests should certainy go some way in making consumers feel more confident about the meat products they are buying throughout the european union. ironically, two weeks ago, the british food safety association started testing for chemicals in horse meat sparked by this mixup of beef and horse meat scandal and promptly found traces of chemicals, including th
KCSMMHZ
Feb 15, 2013 6:00am PST
security council to deal with emergencies more effectively. >> translator: i want to create an environment where we can properly discuss diplomatic and national security issues on a daily basis from a strategic viewpoint. that will enable us to deal with matters more swiftly and with stronger political leadership. >> abe was speaking friday with members of the council. they will discuss how they should gather and analyze intelligence. >>> a major japanese drugmaker will launch an enterprise that will develop a drug for hard to cure muscular dystrophy. it will receive money from a state backed organization and a private sector venture capital fund. executive executives said the innovation network corporation of japan will invest a total of $17 million in the new entity. the firm is to be launched next month. the executives say they'll develop a drug together with researcheses from kobi institution and other institutions. they aim to put a drug on the market by 2020. muscular dystrophy is one example of a disease that gradually weakens the muscles. the use of government money will attract at
KCSMMHZ
Feb 11, 2013 6:00am PST
together in winter before. south korean leaders believe training in the harsh environment will help them work more closely together. the exercises are scheduled to last until friday of next week. >>> a new commander has taken charge of international forces in afghanistan. he says he's determined to improve the abilities of afghan soldiers before foreign troops pull out. u.s. marine general joseph dunford took charge of the nato-led force in kabul. >> today is not about change. what's not changed is the growing capability of our afghan partners, the afghan national security forces. >> 100,000 soldiers take part in the mission, 66,000 of them from the u.s. most are scheduled to leave afghanistan by the end of next year. 350,000 afghan soldiers and police have taken over the lead role for security across much of the country. but they lack the training of foreign soldiers, and many others resign. some military analysts have questioned whether they will be able to maintain security once foreign troops are gone. >>> students from the south pacific have traveled to northeastern japan to le
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